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A launch complex in Kazakhstan administered by Russia. Operational since the 1950s, it has 10 separate launch pad areas, its own railroad, and two dedicated airports. Soyuz, Progress, Dnepr, and Zenit rockets launch from here.

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What is the name of this space museum in Russian and does it have a website and/or virtual tour site?

Enjoying the information and links in this answer I wanted to ask if these are real antennas now on display, or space art? But once I started clicking google maps I found that this is full blown space ...
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Where is the “antenna farm” from which this Soyuz launch photo was taken?

The Phys.org article SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station had a small version of this photo, and I found this large one at wirenews.com's SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space ...
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Any risk from Soyuz 22-ton fuel dump?

Following the recent mishap with the Soyuz, Kazakhstan's deputy minister for defense and the aerospace industry said that about 22 tons of fuel (kerosene and liquid oxygen) were dumped/fell over the ...
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What is astronaut Alexander Gerst signaling with this hand signal?

In this AP/WISN news item Air leak at International Space Station temporarily plugged by a thumb they show a file photo of German astronaut Alexander Gerst at the Baikonur cosmodrome, making what ...
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Why do GTO launches from Baikonur launch to the northeast? [duplicate]

According to this article from Discover magazine, the flight paths of most rockets launching out of Baikonur pass over the Altai region of Russia (this has the side effect of large quantities of spent ...
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How does an array of concrete pillars protect a launch control bunker?

This answer explains that this regular grid of concrete posts at Baikonur LC-1 Gagarin's Start is designed to reduce damage to the launch control bunker beneath it in the event of a catastrophic ...
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“Pillars of Baikonur” What is the purpose of the hundreds of short, white posts near the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad?

The caption given in the third image included in the Space.com page Expedition 56: The Space Station Mission in Photos reads as follows: At the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad, remote-controlled ...
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Origin and history of the traditional tree planting ceremony at the Cosmonaut Hotel?

Looking through NASA Johnson's Flickr I saw this photo (and also this one). The complete caption is shown below. Expedition 49 Preflight nhq201609160011 (09/16/2016) --- Expedition 49 flight ...
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Are there any plans to reach the ISS by new means?

I understand that the current use of the Soyuz vehicle is a nice way to get to the ISS in about five or six hours. I was wondering if there were any plans under development for using another vehicle ...
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Did TASS officially name the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 1950's instead of 1961?

Just read this wiki article on Tyura-tam, the actual location of the Cosmodrome. It says: In the mid 1950s, the Soviet Union announced that space activities were being conducted from the Baykonur ...
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What are the advantages of water-based sound suppression vs. cliff-based launching?

In this Q and A, it is explained that at Baikanour rocket launches are suspended over a cliff and vented instead of using a water-based sound suppression system as is commonly used. It would seem ...
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What orbital launch-site can I lawfully visit?

All the orbital launch-sites I know of are to some degree also military bases, like Cape Canaveral and Plesetsk, and they have in any case restricted access. However, which of them can I visit, ...
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Are the Russians planning to replace the Baikonur Cosmodrome?

For decades, the Baikonur Cosmodrome was the premier Soviet space launch site. Many historic launches took place there, and it earned its place in the history books. But then the Soviet Union fell ...
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Baikonur trip cancelled at the 11th hour (29 May 2014)

A friend and I travelled to Kazakhstan in May and booked a trip to see the 29 May launch. Everything was fine, we had permits for everything except the launch itself (all the museums, Gagarin's ...